What We're Watching - The Weir, at the Lowry

20 years since its first performance at the Royal Court Theatre, English Touring Theatre in a co-production with Colchester’s Mercury Theatre bring their own take on Conor McPherson’s drama to The Lowry in Salford. The play is set in rural Ireland, and the Irishness of its cosmology underpins the entire production. Paganism, catholicism, superstition and rational argument collide in the “craic”, the bluster and banter of the locals in Brendan’s bar. The pub reeks of beer and quiet desperation, cigarette smoke and longing, and the deep and shallow connections through which people touch one another’s lives. Brash bachelor Jack, and his lugubrious pal Jim are regulars at Brendan’s. Local entrep

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